TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WAWV/WTWO) – AAA has predicted nearly 35 million people will hit the roads this Memorial Day weekend, despite record high gas prices.

With the Indianapolis 500 set to take place on Sunday, roads like I-70 could see a high volume of traffic.

AAA said a 5% increase of car travel is expected compared to this time last year.

Vigo County residents said whether they decide to travel or not, high gas prices are something they simply have to deal with.

“We’re probably not going anywhere for Memorial Day that’s for sure,” Kelly Ravellette said. “We really just try to stay home and conserve, outside of that we just have to deal with it.”

“I don’t know if it would really stop us from traveling if that was our plan, but it definitely adds to the budget,” Dena Tilford said. “Obviously I’m disappointed that the gas prices are continuing to get higher.”

Sergeant Matt Ames with the Indiana State Police said extra patrols will be out this weekend. Last year during Memorial Day weekend Indiana had 1,300 crashes, 11 of which were fatal crashes.

“We’re going to be looking for the aggressive drivers, drivers and passengers who are not buckled up, as well as distracted drivers,” Ames said. “Our number one mission is to make the roadways as safe as possible here in the state of Indiana.”

The Indianapolis 500 could make I-70 a busy road this weekend. If you’re in need of directions Ames suggested to keep your navigation device in a fixed position in your vehicle.

“For everyone that would be using a device such as google maps, make sure that that device is fixed in your vehicle,” Ames said. “That way you’re trying to reach down and grab a hold of it.”

Beyond just this holiday weekend drivers hope to see a drop in gas prices.

“It looks to grow and that’s just inconvenient,” Tilford said.

According to GasBuddy the average price of gas in Indiana as of May 26th is $4.57 per gallon.